Lemon and Strawberry Muffins

Time for tea!

“A Proper Tea is much nicer than a Very Nearly Tea, which is one you forget about afterwards.” 

(A.A. Milne)


Eating outdoors in the evenings is not feasible at the moment due to the mosquitoes, but in the daytime a breezy area in the shade of our giant fir tree is the perfect spot for afternoon tea… and these muffins are so light and summery they are the ideal bite to serve on a hot afternoon.

Lemon and Strawberry Muffins


  • 280g (2 1/4 cups) plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 120g (1/2 cup) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 240ml (1 cup) buttermilk
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) lemon juice (about 1 large lemon)
  • 90ml (2/5 cup) vegetable oil
  • a few strawberries and/or a few teaspoons of lemon curd

Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Prepare 12 to 16 muffin cases. (I like these a little smaller than regular muffins and got 14).

Sift the dry ingredients together. In a separate bowl beat the egg lightly and stir in the buttermilk, lemon juice and oil. Mix into the dry ingredients just enough to incorporate the flour, but don’t overmix. Spoon half into the cases. Then add a dollop of lemon curd and/or a couple of small strawberry pieces. Spoon the rest of the batter over the tops and bake for 20-25 minutes.

To be enjoyed outdoors with a cup of tea… but they taste good indoors too if it’s raining where you are! 😉


Have you been able to eat outdoors this summer?

43 thoughts on “Lemon and Strawberry Muffins

  1. No mosquitoes here, but our lovely sunshine is hiding behind a gray, dreary fog bank. As soon as the sunshine returns we will return to patio dining! Scrumptious muffins for afternoon tea! If there are any leftovers send them my way for breakfast!

  2. They look awesome as always! I will save for next June 🙂 Got any goodies I can whip up with wild and strange mushrooms seems that is what we are all growing here 😦 Beautiful post Cathy.

    • Yoghurt would work, but even better would be to add some lemon juice or vinegar to normal milk and let it stand a while: 1 cup milk to 1tbsp juice/vinegar. Mix well and leave for about 5 mins. 😉

  3. Another yummie receipe – thank you, Cathy :). Of course, we’re eating outside, live outside actually and only come in occasionally…what about you? Pity that you have so many mosquitos. Do you live near water? Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • We live on the edge of woodland, which is nice and moist and shady – perfect for insects! The past few days have been ideal for sitting out during daytime though. 😀 Enjoy your weekend too Annette!

  4. Mosquitoes are killing us in the evenings here, but the Little Ones and I have lunch outside quite often…I can’t wait til they’re a little bit older, and we can actually Set Table, like in your photos, rather than plonking down paper plates 🙂

    • LOL! They’ll grow up fast enough and soon you’ll be wishing they’d slow down! 😉 We’ve eaten lunch outside all week too. Have a sunny weekend Marie, and hope the insects soon disappear.

  5. These are so seasonal, and sound delicious. And the butterfly buns I made using your recipe went down very well on the tea stall at the village gala last weekend – thank you!

    • So glad the butterfly cakes were a success. The buttermilk in these makes them very light and moist, so I shall be experimenting with other berries in them too.

  6. What a lovely combination of flavors, Cathy. I’m sorry the mosquitos are hampering your outdoor pleasure, though. It hardly seems fair when you have such a gorgeous landscape to enjoy and you have to move it all indoors! We have been eating in the backyard quite often. I love this time of year for that benefit alone. I’m very eager to make these muffins! 🙂

  7. Hi Cathy, I always like your porcelain and decoration. Right for summer feelngs. We use our outside place for sunday morning breakfast and all days in the afternoon for coffee and cake. I am on a good way to reduce my coffee consum.
    Have a nice weekend! Uta

  8. Hey Cathy! How absolutely yummy! I love the flavor combination so perfect for the season. I enjoy a cup of tea quite often even on the hottest days….a breeze is nice too!
    I hope you are well and enjoying your summer! 🙂

    • Thank you – yes, enjoying some lovely summer days. Not too hot, just warm and breezy with blue skies… 😀 Hope your summer is going well too.

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